• Oct 10, 2009
Chevrolet Cruze WTCC - Click above image for high-res gallery

Marcello Lotti, series promoter for the FIA World Touring Car Championship, told Autosport that he wants to bring the event to the United States in 2011. Inaugurated in 1987, the series was originally based in Europe. In 2009, the racing expanded to Brazil, Japan, and Mexico and continues to grow. Current rules limit engine size to 2000 cc, but that hasn't slowed automakers such as SEAT, BMW, or Chevrolet from rounding out the top 3 in Manufacturer's Championship points right now.

A race in the States would attract new manufacturers (Ford is expected to enter its new Focus model). The two most likely venues for the race would be Laguna Seca and the road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway... the favorite right now. "Our preference is for a race in the south of the country because that's where the market is for smaller cars," Lotti told Autosport. Thanks for the tip Marty!



[Source: Autosport.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what stock car racing should be. Actual cars racing. I don't know what NASCAR is but it's the farthest thing from stock there is. It is no longer race on sunday buy on Monday. This should be a huge success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the south is a big market for small cars? I was thinking it was the coastal area's and the large cities. The south is full of bubba trucks yell'n Ford vs Chevy. The only reason nas(ty)car even became popular was because of the rednecks cheering on the good ol boy drivers. I'm all for this series of races, I'm a fan, but don't expect to get big crowds until you get big names into it. If you can get some of the southern UCAR dirt trackers into it some how, you would get some good ol boy respect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd agree with you, but you packed so many southern stereotypes as generalizations in there to prove your point it really soured it enough for me to change my mind. There are in fact, other kinds of people living in the south who aren't rednecks and don't drive domestic pickup tucks...of their own free will at that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say Laguna Seca, but my reasons are selfish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a couple of things ...

      1) These are no barely more "stock" cars than NASCAR racers. While these silhouette racers do bear better resemblance to the cars Europeans can buy than the decal kits on NASCAR CoT clones, they're fully-engineered tube frame racers under the skin. Check out various articles in the British magazine Racecar Engineering (or its online counterpart www.racecar-engineering.com) to see just how sophisticated these little beasts are.

      2) For all their advanced engineering, in relative terms these atomic jellybeans are SLOW. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The cars are relatively evenly matched, and as the photo illustrating this post indicates, racing in the pack can be pretty intense. But like adam1drift reports, we have faster -- and arguably better -- sedan-car racing in the US already with the Grand-Am's Koni Challenge cars. I'd like to see more of these type of racers in Sprint Cup and NNS, but tragically I can assure you that the France family will never let that twain meet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HeyHuub -- Actually, I DO know what I'm talking about. Take a look at some of the buildup photos in Racecar Engineering, where they basically jack up the badge and roll a tube-framed racer underneath. The exterior sheetmetal is stock, as is maybe part of the floorpan.

        I'll readily admit that these aren't silhouette racers like DTM. Those beasts are the road-racing equivalent of NHRA funny cars. But these are tube-frame racers. If that's what you call "race-prepped", so be it.

        And don't cast aspersions on others while you show your ass, you smug jerk. It's very unbecoming.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are fully based on their production counterparts.

        If they indeed where tube-framed silhouette racers they would all be rear wheel drive and the driver and engine would sit far more back.
        I also looked at an article on the site you gave about the Cruze and there you can see the bare chassis like that of a production car with a roll cage added, a silhoutte race looks allot different without the silhouette around it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        jrhmobile, WTTC cars are *not* tube-framed racers. The safety cage is integral to the chassis for addtional stiffness, but the base car is definitely of unibody frame construction. The Super 2000 regulations available online. Read them.

        http://argent.fia.com/web/fia-public.nsf/D429200CBDE54EEBC125757C005B46D5/$FILE/263%20_09-10_170309.pdf
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it on! This series is a lot better than anything NASCAR has to offer. I wish SPEED or somebody would show this series on a regular basis. The racing is fierce, close, tight and very competitive. It's the best series going since the TRANSAM series.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw more small cars in Seattle and Portland than anywhere else in the country. However, hippies hate auto racing so it wouldn't fly up there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        SEAT Sport runs the TDI and my question... what will VW do, since they have the Jetta TDI Cup here and/or the SEAT (Spanish) is sold overseas?
      • 5 Years Ago
      IF the south is really the hotbed of the small car market, I hope they take a look at Barber's. It would be really nice to have a race like that in my hometown.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am with you on that one. Barber is a much more interesting and beautiful track than Miami. Still I would like to see it at laguna seca as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's dust off that PacWest Stratus and get rockin!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like that yellow Seat is about to have an interesting accident
        • 5 Years Ago
        That would be Rickard Rydell about to hit a very solid block of concrete. Took the wheel and suspension clean off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah, he's just taken a short-cut over the kerb. Happens all the time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sebring.

      Forget the r-oval at Homestead. Touring cars are knock-em-sock-em robots on wheels, the type of 10/10ths racing for which Sebring would be utterly perfect.

      The only drawback could be the circuit's length, which is ideal for the top-drawer likes of the LeMans hardware, but could seem a bit too much for the bunched-up action of touring cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BRING IT!

      NASCAR has lost its way. At least these cars look like what you can buy.

      The fact NASCAR is so popular in America ONLY proves how stupid we really are. Whether it be what we let congress and the President get away with or our racing - we're stupid!

      2nd thought, don't bring it, we don't deserve it. We're too stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think that alone makes this series appealing; these cars look exactly like the cars we can buy
      • 5 Years Ago
      amazing what BS the amateur car expert here at autoblog claims... WTCC cars are production chassies with integrated roll cages ...
      The rule claims they need to sell 2500cars/year of the identical chassie to be allowed to use it in the WTCC...
      The engine needs to be based on a production engine with air restrictors and rev limiter, the maximum allowed compresion rate is 11:1, the pistons needs to be prodction pistons, the cooling system is free BUT needs to be placed at the the same mounting points of the prodcution system, no changes at the air intakes are allowed, the cars have a pretty high minimum weight to stop extensive use of expansive light weight materials, the cabin heating system could be removed but needs to be replaced by a electric system, all lights has to stay in the car and need to work all the time only exception are fog laps which coul be removed...etc etc.
      Go the WTCC hompage and read the rule book befor making wrong claims and call other people telleing the true they tell it wrong
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